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The Great Skua breads on coastal moorland in grass nests right on the ground. As a result its chicks are left quite exposed. Like other skuas, it will fly at the head of a human or other intruder approaching the nest. These pictures were taken at Ingólfshöfði, Iceland, part of the largest breeding ground in the world for the Great Skua.
Coastal moorland surrounded by glacial black sand dunes (sandar). Last shot is of habitat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing%C3%B3lf...
Pictures are of 3 different chicks. These pictures were taken at the long end of a 150-500 mm zoom, at a remote and and respectful distance from the birds. The first part of this series can be found here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/348...
Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
Submitted on Aug 1, 2013
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